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George Eliot’s Middlemarch: a contribution to medical professionalism


The qualities of medical professionalism have been questioned in the last few years. George Eliot’s 19th century novel Middlemarch illustrates some of the truths that should underlie the physician-patient relationship, and depicts prophetically some of the developments that were to occur in reality in the medicine of the 20th and 21st century. Her insight into the problems facing a medical researcher and the fictional conflicts between vocation and marriage are real issues of medical professionalism even today.

  • George Eliot’s Middlemarch
  • medical professionalism
  • medical research
  • doctor-patient relationship

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